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June 2021

Crafternoon

Free

Thu 24 June 2021 - Thu 14 April 2022
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
Free

Thursdays: 2-4pm 28 October | 18 November | 9 December | 20 January | 10 February | 24 March | 14 April A friendly, informal once-a-month get-together for adults. Bring your knitting, cross-stitch, or whatever you might be crafting and enjoy working in an inspiring environment with friendly folk, while you enjoy free tea and biscuits. Booking isn’t essential but if you can book in advance via our website please do.    

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October 2021

Little Museum Visitors

Wed 20 October 2021 - Wed 27 July 2022
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£7

20 October  | 24 November  | 26 January  | 23 February  | 30 March 10:30 am - 12pm 2-5 years old Fun, hands-on creative sessions for the mini-visitor and their adult.  Packed full of sticking, drawing, storytelling and object discovery.  Each workshop will have a different theme and will be run by early years' teacher Sarah Hailey-Watts. Please note, there is space for only 1 adult per child. 2 children £12.

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January 2022

Introduction to Sussex Terracotta Tile Making with Adele Scantlebury *SOLD OUT*

Sat 22 January
10:00 am
- 1:00 pm
£40

Tickets include materials and refreshments. This workshop is for adults. Adele will bring two mobile tile-making benches so you can have a go at ‘throwing’ locally dug clay into moulds to make traditional Sussex tiles. She will also provide some pre-made tiles, oxides and clay slips so that you can explore decoration – whether a simple image on a single tile or a pattern that links across more than one tile. This could be messy, so please bring an apron!…

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Introduction to Weaving with Kendall Clarke *SOLD OUT*

Sat 29 January
2:00 pm
- 5:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£40

Tickets include materials and refreshments. This workshop is for adults. Learn the basics of hand weaving using simple frame looms. Kendall will teach you the principles of loom weaving and explain essential technical terms. By the end of the workshop, you’ll know how to set up the loom ready for weaving and have made one or two samples to take home with you. Our half day courses are designed for beginners to try something new. If you enjoy the course,…

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February 2022

Painting in Oils from Vintage Photographs

with Amy Dury

Sat 5 February
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£90

Tickets inc. materials, lunch and refreshments  Under Amy’s expert tuition you will be working from your own old family photographs or found imagery provided. You will explore colour and composition through fun, experimental exercises, and go onto to create your own painting on canvas based on these to take home. The process will cover: Sketching exercises to warm up. Mixing and using oil paints. Using expressive colour. Choosing powerful compositions. Looking at other artists for inspiration. Creating an oil painting…

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A Masterclass in Sewing Dressmaking Fabrics

with Frances Tobin of Maker's Atelier

Sat 12 February
1:00 pm
- 5:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£50

Tickets inc. material swatches, hot drink and biscuits Broaden your fabric knowledge to make more informed choices to create more desirable clothes. The class will start with the basic theory of fibre and fabric construction, followed by a practical session on how to sew with different qualities of fabric from classic knit and woven constructions through to leather and modern technical fabrics. Fabric samples will be supplied. Each attendee will need to bring their own sewing machine, fabric shears, pins…

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Clay Building and Paper Kiln Firing with Martin Brockman

East Sussex Half Term

Mon 14 February - Fri 18 February
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

7 + years 11am-3pm (please bring a packed lunch) You can book on 1 day, 2 days or all 3. Monday 14 February, Thursday 17 February and Friday 18 February Martin Brockman leads this three day, half-term workshop for children, in which they will explore the different clays of Sussex, and learn how to build, decorate and fire their own pots. Monday - Clay Land Explore the different clays of Sussex collected from the Ashdown Forest through the brick fields of the Ouse…

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Clay Building and Paper Kiln Firing with Martin Brockman

West Sussex Half Term

Mon 21 February - Fri 25 February
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

7 + years 11am-3pm (please bring a packed lunch) You can book on 1 day, 2 days or all 3. Monday 21 February, Thursday 24 February and Friday 25 February Martin Brockman leads this three day, half-term workshop for children, in which they will explore the different clays of Sussex, and learn how to build, decorate and fire their own pots. Monday - Clay Land Explore the different clays of Sussex collected from the Ashdown Forest through the brick fields of the Ouse…

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Wood Engraving with Jude Clynick

Sat 26 February
10:30 am
- 4:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£70

Tickets include materials and lunch In this workshop you will look at examples of different approaches to wood engraving and learn some background to the development of the process. There will be an introduction to the basic tools and techniques, exploring the variety of marks that can be produced, transferring an image to the block before cutting and using a press to print.  This workshop is suitable both for those new to wood engraving and for those with a little…

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March 2022

Weaving with Kendall Clarke

Sat 5 March
10:30 am
- 4:30 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£60

Tickets include materials and lunch This full day course will offer an introduction to hand weaving using simple looms. Kendall will teach you some of the principal weave structures and you will explore pattern possibilities using them. You will learn how to combine yarns and colours to create different effects, producing samplers to take home with you. Perfect for beginners, or those who attended the half day course in January. Kendall Clarke is an award-winning artist and weaver based at…

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Silk Flower Making

with Sarah Lomax

Sat 19 March
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£90

Tickets inc. materials, lunch and refreshments  This one-day silk flower making course has been inspired by, and designed to complement, the current exhibition Dame Vera Lynn: An Extraordinary Life. Using traditional flower making techniques and tools you will be introduced to the skills needed to stiffen and shape silk to make realistic looking petals, buds and blooms; and to learn the secrets of combining different elements to make a corsage or trimming for millinery or fashion. Sarah Lomax has been…

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Dame Vera Lynn: Dressing an Icon Panel Discussion

(In person and online)

Wed 23 March
5:00 pm
- 6:30 pm
£8

Join online £8, via zoom Available to watch on demand until 17 April Join in person £15 in person inc. entrance to the museum and time to browse following the discussion Doors 4.30pm Join the museum’s curator Donna Steele, textile conservator Zenzie Tinker and Professor of Dress History and Curatorship at London College of Fashion Amy de la Haye, for a discussion about the clothes and accessories featured in the exhibition Dame Vera Lynn: an extraordinary life. Amy will facilitate the discussion about…

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